Stories from the Wind River Reservation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Anti-Reservation Group Hosts Conference In Riverton http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/anti-reservation-group-hosts-conference-riverton <p>An organization that's working to end tribal sovereignty hosted a national conference in Riverton this weekend. The group is protesting the Environmental Protection Agency's recent decision that the city of Riverton falls within Wind River reservation boundaries.&nbsp;That has led to tensions between tribal members, the state, and Riverton.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The group--known as Citizens Equal Rights Alliance—posted on&nbsp;their website that it isn't fair that tribal members receive special status because it threatens the individual rights of all Americans.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:16:33 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59899 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Anti-Reservation Group Hosts Conference In Riverton Eastern Shoshone Tribal Liaison Resigns http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/eastern-shoshone-tribal-liaison-resigns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Eastern Shoshone tribal liaison&nbsp;has stepped down from her position, saying the governor and legislature were disrespectful to her,&nbsp;both&nbsp;as a woman and tribal member.&nbsp;But the Governor's office says she wasn't fulfilling her responsibility to mediate between the tribes and the state.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:33:07 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59767 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Eastern Shoshone Tribal Liaison Resigns Report Suggests That Problems Exist At The Northern Arapaho Department Of Family Services http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-suggests-problems-exist-northern-arapaho-department-family-services <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation run their own family services agencies, funded by the tribes themselves, federal grants and contracts with the state. But the Northern Arapaho Department of Family Services and the larger family welfare system on the reservation has some work to do.</span></p><p>Reviews over the years have pointed to big problems and some of them have gone years without being addressed effectively. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov has the story.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:33:39 +0000 Irina Zhorov 57752 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report Suggests That Problems Exist At The Northern Arapaho Department Of Family Services Governor Mead Discusses Wind River Reservation Boundary Dispute And Education http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-discusses-wind-river-reservation-boundary-dispute-and-education <p>It’s been a few months since we’ve had Governor Matt Mead on the program.&nbsp; He joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck to discuss a dispute over boundaries in Riverton and Education.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:44:49 +0000 Bob Beck 57405 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Mead Discusses Wind River Reservation Boundary Dispute And Education Wind River Tribes Plan Ahead For Settlement Checks http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wind-river-tribes-plan-ahead-settlement-checks <p></p><p>WILLOW BELDEN: In 2012, the tribes who share the Wind River Indian Reservation, the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho Tribes, came to a settlement with the federal government for a mineral royalties mismanagement case dating back to the 1970’s. The federal government has finally released the money from the settlement, and tribal members on Wind River are anxiously awaiting their checks. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov joins us to talk about the settlement and what it means to the Wind River Community.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:37:02 +0000 Irina Zhorov 57170 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wind River Tribes Plan Ahead For Settlement Checks Money Heads To The Wind River Indian Reservation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/money-heads-wind-river-indian-reservation <p>Long-awaited money from a settlement on the Wind River Indian Reservation is finally on its way. The 157 million dollar settlement between the tribes and the federal government is for underpayment of royalties on oil and gas development…and improper management of royalties that <em>were</em> paid.</p><p>Northern Arapaho spokesman Mark Howell says some people don’t have bank accounts…and there were concerns they would not be able to cash their checks.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:43:02 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56999 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Money Heads To The Wind River Indian Reservation Settlement Money For Tribal Members Finally In Sight http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/settlement-money-tribal-members-finally-sight <p>Long-awaited money from a settlement on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming is finally on its way.</p><p>The federal government is paying the tribes $157 million for underpayment of royalties on oil and gas development and improper management of royalties that were paid. Northern Arapaho spokesman Mark Howell says some people don’t have bank accounts and there were concerns they would not be able to cash their checks.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:34:54 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56992 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Settlement Money For Tribal Members Finally In Sight Eastern Shoshone Business Council Members Voted Out http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/eastern-shoshone-business-council-members-voted-out <p>On Saturday, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe's General Council dismissed two elected tribal officials.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:06:35 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56468 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Eastern Shoshone Business Council Members Voted Out Sen. Enzi Drafts Bill To Define Wind River Reservation Border http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sen-enzi-drafts-bill-define-wind-river-reservation-border <p>As Wyoming’s appeal to an Environmental Protection Agency decision about the Wind River Indian Reservation’s borders waits for its day in court, U.S. Senators Enzi and Barrasso have drafted a bill “to clarify” those borders.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:52:52 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56229 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sen. Enzi Drafts Bill To Define Wind River Reservation Border Indian Housing Block Grant Program Can Be More Efficient, Report Says http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/indian-housing-block-grant-program-can-be-more-efficient-report-says <p>A <a href="http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662063.pdf">report</a> by the Government Accountability Office says some things need to change in order for Indian tribes to be able to effectively carry out affordable housing activities under the Indian Housing Block Grant program. The program provides grants to tribes to build affordable housing. Remoteness of reservations and lack of infrastructure was one major challenge the report identified. But lack of coordination among federal agencies also delays initiatives and makes it harder to lump funds from various agencies for one project. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:21:18 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56228 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Indian Housing Block Grant Program Can Be More Efficient, Report Says Representative Patrick Goggles Reflects On His Time In The Legislature http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/representative-patrick-goggles-reflects-his-time-legislature <p>Patrick Goggles has been serving in the Wyoming House of Representatives since 2005. But at the end of the recent budget session, he announced that he won’t be seeking reelection in 2014. Goggles is a democrat from House District 33, which includes a piece of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fremont County.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:28:43 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55689 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Representative Patrick Goggles Reflects On His Time In The Legislature Tribes To Truck Trash To Casper http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tribes-truck-trash-casper <p>The tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fremont County will start hauling their waste to a Casper landfill soon.&nbsp;Fremont County has been transporting the reservation's waste&nbsp;to nearby landfills, but an agreement signed between the tribes and the county last summer transferred those duties to the tribes.&nbsp;Executive Director of the Wind River Environmental Quality Commission, Ryan Ortiz says the hold-up has been getting a truck, which is now scheduled to arrive in April.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:55:37 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55349 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tribes To Truck Trash To Casper Wyoming Stories: Mark Soldier Wolf Talks About Life on the Res http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-mark-soldier-wolf-talks-about-life-res <p>Mark Soldier Wolf is a Northern Arapaho tribal elder. He grew up on the Wind River Indian Reservation, outside of Riverton. For him, the past is forever inscribed on the present, a sentiment he shares in this lesser known version of the Battle at Little Bighorn.</p><p></p><p>When Soldier Wolf returned to Wyoming from the Korean War, there were very few resources for veterans. In this story, he describes how he got his life back together, and the atmosphere of Riverton during wartime.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:21:54 +0000 Adrian Shirk & Micah Schweizer 55102 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: Mark Soldier Wolf Talks About Life on the Res WY Appeals EPA Decision On Wind River Borders http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-appeals-epa-decision-wind-river-borders <p>Wyoming has filed an appeal in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for the Environmental Protection Agency decision that drew the borders of the Wind River Indian Reservation to include Riverton.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:04:31 +0000 Irina Zhorov 54050 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY Appeals EPA Decision On Wind River Borders Negotiation Vs. Litigation: A Look At The Reservation Borders Decision http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/negotiation-vs-litigation-look-reservation-borders-decision <p>The governments of Riverton, Fremont County, the state, and of the two tribes who share the Wind River Indian Reservation are arguing, again, over the reservation’s&nbsp;borders.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:58:13 +0000 Irina Zhorov 54048 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Negotiation Vs. Litigation: A Look At The Reservation Borders Decision EPA Puts Hold On Wind River Border Decision http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-puts-hold-wind-river-border-decision <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to put a hold on its decision to grant the tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation status as a state for the purpose of air monitoring.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:54:53 +0000 Irina Zhorov 54007 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA Puts Hold On Wind River Border Decision N. Arapaho Tribe Says A Stay On EPA’s Border Decision Could Provide “Breathing Room” http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/n-arapaho-tribe-says-stay-epa-s-border-decision-could-provide-breathing-room <p>The Northern Arapaho Tribe has written a letter asking the Environmental Protection Agency to put the brakes on an&nbsp;agency decision regarding the Wind River Reservation’s borders.</p><p>The EPA recently granted the&nbsp;Wind River Indian Reservation status as&nbsp;a state for the purpose of air monitoring, and in the process determined that Riverton is on tribal land. That decision has brought up civil and criminal jurisdictional issue for the city, and the state has requested that the EPA hold off on implementing it.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:24:09 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53857 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org N. Arapaho Tribe Says A Stay On EPA’s Border Decision Could Provide “Breathing Room” Federal Courts’ Distance From Wind River Reservation A Hardship http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/federal-courts-distance-wind-river-reservation-hardship <p>Major crimes committed on the Wind River Indian Reservation end up in federal court. But federal courthouses in Wyoming are really far from the reservation, which leads to logistical, constitutional, and social problems. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>IRINA ZHOROV: John Crispin’s son was murdered in 2011. He told me about it on a snowy night in the parking lot of a convenience store in Ethete, Wyoming, on the Wind River Indian Reservation.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:33:17 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53733 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Federal Courts’ Distance From Wind River Reservation A Hardship Showing Up To Federal Court Can Be A Hardship For Wind River Residents http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/showing-federal-court-can-be-hardship-wind-river-residents <p>Accessing federal courts for Native Americans living on Wind River Reservation can be a hardship for those forced to use federal judicial services.</p><p>Native American offenders and victims of major crimes that occur in Indian Country go through the federal court system, yet for Wind River residents showing up to court can mean a 600-mile roundtrip. That’s because trials are held primarily at the federal court houses in Casper and Cheyenne.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 02:29:49 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53491 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Showing Up To Federal Court Can Be A Hardship For Wind River Residents Law enforcement gearing up to protect tribal members when settlement checks arrive http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/law-enforcement-gearing-protect-tribal-members-when-settlement-checks-arrive <p>As eligible Native Americans in Fremont County await checks owed them as part of a settlement with the federal government, law enforcement is preparing to institute extra security measures to protect tribal members.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:40:43 +0000 Irina Zhorov 52680 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Law enforcement gearing up to protect tribal members when settlement checks arrive Tribes concerned over state response to EPA's reservation boundary ruling http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tribes-concerned-over-state-response-epas-reservation-boundary-ruling <p>Agreement&nbsp;over the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation&nbsp;seems to be a long way off between the state’s tribes and Governor Matt Mead.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:01:43 +0000 Melodie Edwards 52238 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tribes concerned over state response to EPA's reservation boundary ruling Wyoming Stories: Sergio Maldonado reflects on Native identity http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-sergio-maldonado-reflects-native-identity <p>Sergio Maldonado is a Mexican-Arapaho who grew up on the Wind River Indian Reservation outside of Lander, Wyoming.&nbsp; He now teaches at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.&nbsp; In these two stories, Sergio talks about his experience with the Arapaho and Shoshone tribes.&nbsp; His personal history informs his understanding of Native identity.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:24:59 +0000 Cordelia Zars & Micah Schweizer 51141 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: Sergio Maldonado reflects on Native identity UPDATE: EPA issues Wind River Reservation state status for air monitoring, rules on res. border http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/update-epa-issues-wind-river-reservation-state-status-air-monitoring-rules-res-border <p>After five years of deliberation, the Environmental Protection Agency has declared the Wind River Indian Reservation its own state for the purpose of air quality monitoring. The decision, made under the <a href="http://epa.gov/air/tribal/backgrnd.html">Clean Air Act</a>, will allow the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes to apply for grants to support air monitoring programs, but it doesn’t give the tribes regulatory powers.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 01:36:08 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51054 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UPDATE: EPA issues Wind River Reservation state status for air monitoring, rules on res. border Fractionation of Indian lands continues to grow http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fractionation-indian-lands-continues-grow <p>The co-ownership of a parcel of land, or land fractionation, on a dozen Indian reservations has doubled from 1992 to 2010. That’s according to a recent study which compared 2010 statistics on land fractionation to a government study from 1992, the only&nbsp;publicly&nbsp;available&nbsp;study of fractionation.</p><p>Fractionation happens when several heirs inherit undivided interests in the same allotment of land. Over generations, allotments can end up being shared between dozens of owners.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 00:12:22 +0000 Irina Zhorov 50560 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tribes still waiting for answer from EPA on air quality monitoring http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tribes-still-waiting-answer-epa-air-quality-monitoring <p>Almost five years ago, the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes submitted an application to the federal government asking for the Wind River Indian Reservation to be treated as a separate state for monitoring air quality. They're still waiting on a response.&nbsp;</p><p>Eastern Shoshone tribe chairman Darwin St. Clair says it’s a matter of tribal sovereignty as well as stewardship of their land. He says with a coal power plant and oil and gas fields nearby, air quality is a high priority.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:54:38 +0000 Irina Zhorov 50526 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org E. Shoshone leader says time with federal administrators will help with issues on Wind River http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/e-shoshone-leader-says-time-federal-administrators-will-help-issues-wind-river <p>The White House recently hosted its fifth Tribal Nations Conference in Washington D.C. This was the first time that Darwin St. Clair, Chairman of the Eastern Shoshone Business Council, attended the conference. He says it “felt like we were actually making progress. It may not have been big steps, but we’re making steps forward.”</p><p>St. Clair said a highlight of the trip was a consultation he had with administrators from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:11:15 +0000 Irina Zhorov 50472 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org E. Shoshone leader says time with federal administrators will help with issues on Wind River Public safety in Indian Country: an interview with an Indian Law and Order Commissioner http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/public-safety-indian-country-interview-indian-law-and-order-commissioner <p>A national, bi-partisan commission has released a report about safety in Indian Country. Tribal communities are often more dangerous than non-Native communities. The report - <a href="https://www.indianlawandordercommission.com/report/">A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer</a> - looks at Native American communities nationwide and makes recommendations for closing those gaps in public safety. Affie Ellis is from Wyoming and she sits on the Indian Law and Order Commission, which put out the report. She spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov about the Commission’s findings.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:21:21 +0000 Irina Zhorov 50178 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Public safety in Indian Country: an interview with an Indian Law and Order Commissioner New report offers recommendations for improving public safety on Indian reservations http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-report-offers-recommendations-improving-public-safety-indian-reservations <p>A report released by the Indian Law and Order Commission says law enforcement responsibilities on Indian reservations should be placed with tribes, rather than with federal and state governments, as they are now. The report, titled “<strong><a href="https://www.indianlawandordercommission.com/report/">A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer</a></strong>,” looked at public safety issues in Native American communities nationwide and made recommendations to close the public safety gap by 2024. Public safety in tribal communities often lags behind non-Native communities.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:54:52 +0000 Irina Zhorov 50160 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New report offers recommendations for improving public safety on Indian reservations Bill seeks answers for issues facing Native children http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bill-seeks-answers-issues-facing-native-children <p>North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp has introduced a bill to create a Commission on Native Children. The Commission’s goal is to investigate&nbsp;problems specific to Native children&nbsp;and make recommendations for improving them.</p><p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:55:08 +0000 Irina Zhorov 49259 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bill seeks answers for issues facing Native children Walter Echo-Hawk to speak on human rights in Native America http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/walter-echo-hawk-speak-human-rights-native-america <p>As part of the University of Wyoming Law Week, the College of Law is bringing in Walter Echo-Hawk to speak about human rights in Native America. Echo-Hawk is a lawyer and advocate for Native American rights and culture.</p><p>He says with the passing of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations, there’s hope for optimism.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:15:13 +0000 Irina Zhorov 48758 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Walter Echo-Hawk to speak on human rights in Native America